Resource: Leigh Day Offer 10 Minutes’ Free Advice on Pregnancy Discrimination

07May09

A recent survey by accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers has revealed that the recession is likely to have a damaging effect on the prospects of senior female professionals in the City.  The survey included information from more than 1000 respondents and concluded that women’s development and progress to senior positions is likely to be hindered by short-term cuts in training and development and that the glass ceiling will be reinforced by the recession.

Meanwhile the Fawcett Society has published a report, Are women bearing the burden of the recession? The report shows that women are particularly vulnerable to redundancy because they have entered the recession on an unequal economic footing.  The society is calling on the government to stamp out employment discrimination, particularly pregnancy and maternity based discrimination and to take action to close the pay gap between men and women.

Leigh Day partner Camilla Palmer recently appeared on Woman’s Hour when the programme examined the argument that the economic downturn may be having an effect on women on maternity leave, making them more vulnerable to redundancy. The employment discrimination team at Leigh Day is interested in monitoring this topic and would encourage pregnant women, or women who are on maternity leave and have been made redundant to contact the firm when they will be entitled to 10 minutes free advice to see if they have a suitable claim for compensation.

Please email pregnancyadvice@leighday.co.uk for more information or complete our online enquiry form.

Taken from Leigh Day website, via Fawcett

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